Archive for February, 2014

Irrational Games, The Company Behind BioShock, Is Shutting Down

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Irrational Games, the company that built the acclaimed BioShock video game series, is going away. Co-founder Ken Levine announced directly on the company’s front page this morning that they will soon see sweeping layoffs and will be reborn as a much smaller team with a new focus. From his post: I am winding down Irrational […]

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Samsung’s implementation of the fingerprint sensor on the upcoming Galaxy S5

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Earlier today, the upcoming Galaxy S5 was confirmed to be equipped with a fingerprint sensor. Below is an explanation of how Samsung implemented it and what it’s planning to use it for. Recently, most of the rumors pointed towards the fingerprint sensor being built into the actual display but that’s not the case, because Samsung […]

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Google: Under-the-hood change helps Web apps on Chrome

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Google has taught Chrome how to walk and chew gum at the same time. The newest Chrome beta version, 33, includes a feature called concurrent compilation that means the browser takes a smoother, faster trip to an optimized version of the Web page code it’s running. “Concurrent code compilation is another step towards reducing latency […]

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Skype rival Viber purchased by Japanese e-commerce giant

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Rakuten, a Japanese electronic commerce and Internet company purchased Viber for $900M. Viber was the first to introduce 3G VoIP, and now lets users call on any land-line or mobile phone, send messages and push-to-talk. Viber is one of the biggest Skype rivals with over 300M users worldwide. Rakuten is trying to expand its business […]

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What the World’s Biggest Websites Looked Like at Launch

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1. Google While the company’s design doesn’t seem to have changed a whole lot, its services and capabilities sure have. Created by Stanford PhD students Sergey Brin and Larry Page, Google officially launched Sept. 4, 1998. The interface was so simple because the founders didn’t know HTML and were looking for a quick design. 2. […]

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Twitter Testing Major Profile Redesign That Looks a Lot Like Facebook

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The revamped tweet stream is also a departure from its signature look. There is a greater focus on photos and content cards. It moves away from a strictly vertical timeline too. Click the image below to enlarge. It’s common for Twitter to quietly test new features and design updates before tweaking or rolling it out […]

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Used iPhone With Flappy Bird Selling for $100,000 on eBay

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Have you missed a chance to get your copy of Flappy Bird, the megapopular iOS game which was mysteriously pulled from the App Store this weekend? Worry not, you can still get it — if you’ve got $99,900 to spare. An eBay user is selling an iPhone with Flappy Bird installed for the starting price […]

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Facebook’s Hiring Surprise

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Facebook is hunting for new talents. But this time, it doesn’t involve the pursuit of software geniuses. Facebook wants people who can sell. Facebook is now listing 170 opening in sales and business development. Why? Facebook wants a human touch, since it’s money engine is based on marketing. Since the traditional jobs are being disrupted […]

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Microsoft Invests $15 Million in Foursquare

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Microsoft is investing, for 4 years, $15 million in Foursquare as part of a licensing deal that will incorporate the the location-based service’s data into Microsoft’s web and mobile platforms. “In the near future, when you use Microsoft devices powered by the Windows and Windows Phone operating systems and products like Bing, places will be […]

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